In the latest development in the Jan. 6 US Capitol riot investigation, about five former Trump White House staff members voluntarily spoke with the House committee, as per a report.

While some are hoping to avoid being legally compelled to talk to the committee, which is investigating the Jan. 6 attack, others believe they have information worth sharing. These conversations come as attorneys working for the committee have also contacted various Trump aides to inquire whether they would be interested in talking to the committee without the subpoena threat.

Representative Jamie Raskin, a Democratic member of the committee, told CNN Tuesday that he has got a good reason to believe a number of them are "horrified and scandalized" by what happened on Jan. 6 and they want to do their civil and legal duties by coming forward to explain what happened that day. He added that they are going to continue to encourage others who have relevant information to come and talk to them.

This could give an insight to the committee that wants to find out more about former US President Donald Trump and his supporters' actions in the run-up to the attack that happened earlier this year.

While some have voluntarily interacted with the committee, others have refused to talk to the committee or not responded to their requests.

From junior-level staffers to seasoned officials, the committee has reached out to several people. According to sources, the committee has reached out to them not necessarily because they believe the staffers were involved in what happened on Jan. 6, but the investigative team seems to be trying to get more information on the activities inside the West Wing during the riot and before and after it.

The committee’s investigation is intensifying as last week the House voted to hold Stephen Bannon, an ex-White House strategist, in contempt of Congress after he declined to comply with a subpoena issued by the committee.

It was also announced earlier this month that Kash Patel, the former chief of staff to then-acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, and former chief of staff Mark Meadows have been “engaging” with the committee," according to The Hill.

Sources said that Alyssa Farah is also one of the former Trump administration staffers who had voluntarily interacted with the committee and given information in various meetings. The former director of strategic communications in the Trump White House quit in December last year.

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